The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Thu May 25, 2017
Advanced reservations for Memorial Day Weekend are running nearly 7 percent ahead of advanced reservations for the holiday last year, according to numbers released by Kampgrounds of America Inc.
"Our advanced reservations and occupancy rates have been very strong so far this year," KOA Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O'Rourke says. "KOA has set records for performance for the past five years in a row, and this year looks to continue that trend.
"Our 2017 North American Camping Report research shows that campers are taking more camping trips than they did before, and more than 50 percent of campers say they plan to camp more this year than last year. Our performance so far in 2017 would certainly support that."
KOA campgrounds throughout North America started off the summer camping season with the annual KOA Care Camps Big Weekend (May 12-13) to benefit chldren with cancer. Campers who stayed as paying guests at participating KOAs on May 12 received a night of camping on May 13 for just $10. All of those proceeds ($117,000) were provided to support KOA Care Camps, a network of 128 specialized summer camps for children battling cancer. Occupancy rates for the Care Camps Big Weekend event were up about 4.5 percent compared to occupancy rates in 2016.
Other Holidays Also Strong
Advanced occupancy rates for Father's Day Weekend (June 16-18) are also up 10.5 percent from last year, while advanced occupancy rates for the Fourth of July Weekend are up 12.7 percent compared to the same time period in 2015. Labor Day Weekend 2017 occupancy numbers are up 21.8 percent compared to the same period last year.